March 12, 2012
The last time I was painting in the sugar bush the weather was freezing. I was in full winter gear–snow pants, big jacket, hat, gloves and even a scarf. Today, was the complete opposite…I was sun tanning.
Years ago, I painted in the freezing cold and the painting came together well (see Sugaring Time on the website) considering the cold conditions. Today I had time to sit around and be quiet and study my subject. The tractor sat quiet between collections, so I focused on it. This is a subject that I consider a challenge.
The challenge for me is mostly with the perspective and proportion. I guess this is the same for every undertaking; however, this subject had tires and many cylinder shapes that presented more of a challenge.
I have been observing a particular view that I will be painting soon. Probably not tomorrow as rain is expected, so I might have an indoor subject. Perhaps the coffee mugs at breakfast.